Yesterday when I changed the bed sheets I added a blanket. It sure was cozy sleeping in the cooler nighttime temperatures.
But today it will get up into the high eighties, making last night feel like a dream. Perhaps it was.
If so I hope I have that same dream again tonight.
Cup Half Empty, Cup Half Full:
Do you ever look at a clump of weeds and see anything but just a clump of weeds?
In a galvanized bucket filled with nothing but dirt, these weeds cropped up. And then after a time so did the little yellow flower.
Now if you were a “cup half empty” type of person, you would look past the flower and just see weeds.
But if you’re a “cup half full” individual, you’d see the beauty of the flower. And I also see the beauty in the weeds. The symmetrical shape that resemble hearts meeting at the point.
I wasn’t always a “cup half full” person. I spent many years being the very opposite. Then I realized it was a mind set.
Why Your Mind Set Matters:
Your mindset matters because your entire experience of life depends on what’s going on inside your own head. Actually everything that you will ever do, have, or accomplish, will be seen through this lens.
So if you want to see a different story outside of you, then you have to start with the things you’re telling yourself on the inside.
How It Changes Your Life:
Once you fully grasp this concept, your whole world will change. As mine did.
Sun and shadow. Two sides of one thing. Coming into play when a decision is to be made.
Which brings to mind a poem by one of my favorite poets of all time, Robert Frost.
“The Road Not Taken”
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Seeing The Positive:
However, how could you say that the road you did take made all the difference? Because you couldn’t take both roads. So how could you possibly know that that road made all the difference?
Because why doubt yourself when the decision has already been made? That would be an exercise in futility. The decision is already a foregone conclusion. It is now in the rear view mirror.
So deciding for yourself that you took the right one is the sensible thing to do. Looking at it in the best possible light.
And that is the mind set.
That truly does make all the difference. Of course you can’t take both roads. It is impossible.
Still measuring with the cup half empty/cup half full analogy, decisions are easier to make. And whatever decision you make you will be more comfortable with. Because you tell yourself it is so.
Instead of lamenting that you should have gone the other way, you see light instead of dark. And it’s so much easier to walk into the light.